Emmy season is usually an exciting time for the stars of American Horror Story, but this year, for the first time ever, none of the series' actors have been nominated for an Emmy. Let that soak in for a second: for the first time in six years, not one of the show's talented cast members has been acknowledged for their work, and let's be real: My Roanoke Nightmare is to blame.
AHS: Roanoke, the anthology's sixth season, was met with mixed review after some fans found it tedious, overly complicated, and lacking in story. While half of the season was portrayed in traditional AHS format, the second half was told in a true crime-style documentary, two actors depicting the same character. The season served up exciting talent like Cuba Gooding Jr. and Adina Porter while bringing back old favorites Lily Rabe and Taissa Farmiga, and even that wasn't enough to save it.
The incredible snub is especially unfortunate for veritable Emmys darlings Sarah Paulson and Kathy Bates, who both received nods for Hotel and Freak Show, Bates going home with the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for Coven in 2014. Paulson has amassed a total of five nods throughout the show's history while Bates has collected one for every season she's appeared — except Roanoke.
It's notable that AHS creator Ryan Murphy has been spread thin in the last several years, producing at least four shows at a time. Scream Queens was followed by American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson and Feud: Bette and Joan, the latter winning major Emmys accolades. In 2017, Feud has stolen the spotlight with an impressive 18 nods, both former AHS matriarch Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series.
Roanoke's mass snub is disappointing news, but it's not all bad. The season was nominated for four creative arts Emmys, ultimately winning Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Limited Series, Movie, or Special. In addition, AHS: Cult is currently airing, its opening credits and format true to the original AHS format fans loved.